In nature, there is soft light, hard, as well as everything in between. All this falls under the concept of “quality of light”, i.e. the differences between these two types of lighting are related to the quality of the shadows that you get when lighting an object. Hard and soft light can be reproduced using artificial lighting with a combination of flash, light modifiers and the distance at which all devices are located relative to the subject.
Soft light is determined by the gradual transition between shadows and highlights. Hard is its opposite. Transitions between shadows and highlights occur quickly. The result is crisp edges, deeper shadows, Continue reading